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  • 1. Library Resources Tutorial for Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Students Karen Yap Engineering/Computer Science Resource Team, Central Library 4 th February 2009
  • 2. Slides Hidden during Tutorial
    • 2: This List
    • 15-22: More on Engineering Village 2
    • 24: Some Terms Used
    • 27: More on Scopus
    • 29-30 : More on Science Citation Index Expanded
    • 33: Other Indexes for Medicine/Life Sciences
    • 41: Meaning of Numbers in Citation for Journal Article
    • 46: Demo on Getting Materials not in Library
    • 49-50: Demo on LION
    • 52: Writing Guides (Samples from Subject Guide)
  • 3. Objective of Tutorial
    • Help you do your research:
    • Objective of Module CN4118 as taken from IVLE: “.. aims to provide students with training for scientific or technical research . ."
    • This tutorial is designed to help you achieve THE objective
  • 4. Learning Outcomes
    • Be better at doing research:
    • How to analyse your FYP research topic
    • use the best source/s (better than Google Scholar) to look for current information
    • Understand citations in reading list, etc.
    • Know more about Library services
  • 5. Outline
    • Doing research
      • How to analyse your FYP research topic
      • Indexes of current information
    • Demonstrations
      • Using Engineering Village 2
      • LION ( L ibrary I nstruction ON line )
      • How to find full titles of journals from abbreviations
      • Other sources of information e.g. patents
      • Library services: E-Forms
      • Subject guide in Library Portal
    • Understanding citations
  • 6. Research Topic
  • 7. Analyse your FYP Research Topic 2. . Think of alternative term/s for each concept Fluoride: fluorides, fluoridate, fluoridation, fluorine, etc. Water Dental: tooth, teeth 1. Identify concepts Fluoride concentration in water and dental health Concept 1 Concept 3 Concept 2
  • 8. Analyse your FYP Research Topic 3. Formulate your search statement ( fluorid* OR fluorine ) AND water AND (dental OR tooth OR teeth) Fluorid * represents fluoride , fluorides , fluoridate, fluoridation , etc. * is used to truncate/stem the term
  • 9. Boolean Operators
    • OR is used to indicate that either terms may be present
    • AND is used to indicate that both terms must be present
  • 10. More on Search Statement
    • If your search statement retrieves no records
    • E.g. you need articles on membrane reactors , but you cannot find hits
      • Use a broader concept/term like “ Bioreactor* ” instead of specifically “ membrane reactor* ”
      • Read articles and look through references listed at the end of such articles
  • 11. Learning Outcome 1: How to analyse your FYP research topic : Summary
    • Identify concepts
    • Think of alternative term/s for each concept
    • Formulate your search statement using:
      • Boolean Operators
      • * for truncation
    • Search under broader concept if necessary
  • 12. Learning Outcomes
    • Be better at doing research:
    • How to analyse your FYP research topic
    • use the best source/s (better than Google Scholar) to look for current information
    • Understand citations in reading list, etc.
    • Know more about Library services
  • 13. Sources of Information
      • Current
        • Last week
        • Last month
        • Last year
    • Conference papers
    • Journal articles
    • Retrospective
      • Last 10 years
    • Books
    • Theses
  • 14. Main Index for Engineering (General)
    • Engineering Village 2 (EV2)
    • Scans over 8,000 journals, conference proceedings
    • Has over 16 million records
    • Covers over 190 disciplines : includes related fields in science and management
  • 15. Engineering Village 2
    • Provides links to:
      • USPTO
        • Full text patents from USA
      • [email_address]
        • Full text patents from Europe and
        • Patent Cooperation Treaty
      • Scirus
        • scientific research tool
  • 16. Engineering Village 2
    • Five important index databases are: Chimica , CBNB , Compendex , Inspec and NTIS
    • Can be searched individually or together
    • Some, i.e. NOT all have links to full text
    • Updated weekly
    • Database has Search Alert service by email
    • Can email engineer/librarian for help
  • 17. Engineering Village 2
    • Does analysis like
      • No. of articles an author wrote on a particular subject (If an author wrote 10 articles on your subject, befriend him/her)
      • Author affiliation
      • (Useful when you choose university/institution for postgrad studies or employment)
      • No. of articles found in a particular journal/publisher (Useful when you want to publish your work )
  • 18. CBNB: Chemical Business NewsBase (1985- )
    • Indexes articles from 300 core trade journals, newspapers, company newsletters/interim and annual reports, books, market research reports, and press releases
  • 19. Chimica (1970-)
    • Indexes articles from over 600 journals
    • Covers chemistry and chemical engineering , with emphasis on applied and analytical chemistry
  • 20. Compendex (1969-)
    • Indexes articles from over 5,000 journals, papers in conference proceedings, chapters in books, technical papers , etc.
    • Over nine million records
    • Covers topics in the all fields of engineering , as well as related fields in science and management. Over 190 disciplines covered
  • 21. Inspec (1969-)
    • Produced by the Institution of Electrical Engineers
    • Covers physics, electrical engineering , electronics , communications, control engineering, computers and computing, IT , etc.
    • 3,500 journals and 1,500 conference proceedings
    • over eight million records
  • 22. NTIS (National Technical Information Service ) 1899-
    • Database from the U.S. Department of Commerce
    • Over two million records
    • Includes unclassified reports from influential U.S. and international government agencies e.g. NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense
  • 23. Term Used in EV2
    • Controlled Vocabulary
      • Consistent/ standard subject terms used to describe the content of a document.
      • E.g. “ mobile handsets ” for mobile phones, handphones, cell phones, cellular phones
    • Useful : once you find a good hit, look at the standard terms used to find other good hits .
  • 24. Some Terms Used
    • MeSH or Me dical S ubject H eadings [in PubMed]
      • E.g. “Female” for articles on girls, ladies, women
    • CAS Registry Numbers
      • “ IC No.” for chemicals
      • American Chemical Society
      • E.g. Number for fluorine is 7782-41-4
  • 25. Demonstration
    • Engineering Village 2
    DEMO
  • 26. Main Indexes for Science (General)
    • Scopus
    • 29 million records
    • Covers life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, health sciences, social sciences and business
  • 27. More on Scopus
    • Scopus
    • Indexes journals, conference proceedings, trade publications and quality web sources
    • Does citation tracking . A researcher can find out how many times a particular article has been cited
  • 28. Main Indexes for Science (General)
    • Science Citation Index Expanded (via Web of Science), 1980-
    • 150 mainly scientific disciplines
    • Covers about 5,900 high impact research journals
  • 29. More on Science Citation Index Expanded
    • Features included citation index. Provides use of the Analyze too l for search results
    • Allows you to navigate:
      • forward in time using Times Cited to discover the impact a document has had on current research
      • backward in time using References to uncover the research that influenced an author's work
    • Measure the influence of colleagues' or competitors' work
    • Follow the path and direction of today's hottest ideas and concepts
  • 30. More on Science Citation Index Expanded
    • Ranking journals
    • Related records search capability
  • 31. Index for Chemistry
    • SciFinder Scholar (SFS)
      • Chemical Abstracts (1967-) , etc.
      • Has over 19 million records from journal articles and patents
      • More than 35 million chemical substances can be searched by chemical name, chemical structure, CAS Registry Numbers, formula.
      • Offers chemical reaction searching
  • 32. Main Indexes for Medicine/Life Sciences
    • PubMed (1950-)
    • Over 17 million records of journal articles
    • Medical sciences
    • BIOSIS (1926-)
    • 18 million records
    • Covers about 5,500 journals, conference reports, books, and patents
    • Life sciences
  • 33. Other Indexes for Medicine/Life Sciences
    • Zoological Record (1978-)
    • 1.8 million records
    • Covers 5,000 journals, plus book chapters, meetings, etc.
    • Animal biology
    • BioEngineering Abstracts (1993-)
    • Over 163,000 records
    • Covers journals, conference proceeding, directories, and other sources
    • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management (1967-)
    •   About 1.8 million records
    • Over 6000 journals, meetings, reports, etc.
  • 34. Scopus
    • Scopus covers journals covered by:
      • Science Citation Index Expanded ( SCIE )
      • PubMed
    SCIE PubMed SCOPUS
  • 35. Why SCIE & PubMed when there is Scopus?
    • SCIE’s citation index feature covers over 100 years. Scopus’s covers less than 15 years
    • SCIE is more selective: covers ONLY high impact journals
    • SCIE ranks journals and has other features not found in Scopus
    • PubMed is free
  • 36. Other Sources of Information
    • For patents : SciFinder Scholar and others
    • For standards : various
    • For theses : Proquest Digital Dissertations
    DEMO Subject Guide
  • 37. Learning Outcome 2 Use the best source/s (better than Google Scholar) to look for current information: Summary Proquest Digital Dissertations Theses 4 BSI, etc Standards 3 SciFinder Scholar, etc. Patents 2 Databases like EV2, Scopus Journal articles /conference papers 1 Sources to Check: Form of Current Info
  • 38. Learning Outcomes
    • Be better at doing research:
    • How to analyse your FYP research topic
    • use the best source/s (better than Google Scholar) to look for current information
    • Understand citations in reading list, etc.
    • Know more about Library services
  • 39. Decoding Citations
    • Reference
    • Brown, John 2003. Chemical hazards In Safety in factories , 2 nd ed. 20-30. London : Spon Press.
    • Robinson, Alan. 2004. Effects of thermal forces. Chemical engineering , v 97, no. 1, 2004, p 46-52.
    • Material Type
    Book Chapter Journal article When checking LINC, search by Title , key in words in yellow
  • 40. How to Find Full Title of Journal from its Abbreviation
    • E.g. : MRS Bull
    • Move mouse to E-Resources
    • Choose EJournals
    • scroll down a bit to Useful Links
    • Choose Journal Abbreviations
    • http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/ecoll/ej/ejabbrev.html
    • Click on third link:
    • Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI)
      • Key in MRS Bull , click Search
    • Another good link is the sixth link :
    • Institute of Science Information (ISI)
    DEMO
  • 41. Meaning of Numbers in Citation :
    • MRS Bull 32 6 (2007) pp. 87-95
    32 6 (2007) pp. 87-95 32 means volume 32 6 means number or issue 6 pp. 87-95 means pages 87-95
  • 42. Understanding Less Common References
    • Reference
    • US5,719,665. Yamazoe Feb17,1998
    • BS EN ISO 291:2008 Plastics. Standard atmospheres for conditioning and testing
    • Material Type
    US Patent British Standard
    • Check free website at USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) Web Patent Databases  
    • Check British Standards Online (database bought by Library)
  • 43. Learning Outcomes
    • Be better at doing research:
    • How to analyse your FYP research topic
    • use the best source/s (better than Google Scholar) to look for current information
    • Understand citations in reading list, etc .
    • Know more about Library services
  • 44. Library Services: Loan Entitlement
    • Materials
    • RBR
    • Main Shelves book
    • Closed Stacks book
    • Bound periodical
    • Closed Stacks periodical
    • Loan Period
    • 2 Hours/Overnight
    • 4 weeks
    • 1 day
    Online renewals : twice 4 TH Year, Honours & Graduate Students : 30 items } }
  • 45. Library Services Via E-Forms
    • Request materials NOT in Library
      • Books
      • Parts of book or journal issue
    • Student advisory service
    DEMO
  • 46. Materials NOT in the Library
      • Via E-Forms after login
    • For books or theses , request the Library to buy
    • For copy of journal article , use Document Delivery Service (limited to three a year for Year 4 students)
      • Requests to be forwarded to Supervisor for approval & then onward to Library
      • requesters will incur charges if they do not collect their requested articles within a month
      • For more information, please email ddslib@nus.edu.sg or call 6516-3472
  • 47. Student Advisory Service Email: [email_address] [email_address]  
  • 48. Other Library Services
    • LION ( Li brary Instruction ON line ) Item 6) How to Search Databases
    • Item 9) EndNote Web
    • Subject Guide
    DEMO
  • 49. LION ( L ibrary I nstruction ON line )
    • Go to library homepage at www.lib.nus.edu.sg
    • Click here
  • 50. LION ( L ibrary I nstruction ON line ) Read before you start doing your research
  • 51. Writing Guides (Samples from Subject Guide)
    • Instructions on format of thesis as given in Research Handbook for Engineering for Masters & PhD students:   http://www.eng2.nus.edu.sg/proj/eeintranet/student/Grad/Handbook_4Jan07.pdf (p. 22-28)
  • 52. Writing Guides (Samples from Subject Guide)
    • Good call numbers to browse:
      • T11 e.g. T11 Lan 2008 Technical communication
      • TA158.5 e.g. TA158.5 Sor 2006 An engineer's practical guide to technical communication
      • PN171 Foo e.g. PN171 Foo.Li 2006 Cite right : a quick guide to citation styles--MLA, APA, Chicago, the sciences, professions, and more
  • 53. Subject Guide
    • Bookmark as a Favourite
      • Section on:
      • Library Instructions & Tips
        • Whole tutorial ( HIDDEN SLIDES ) and more
      • Databases :
        • you can access EV2, etc. from here
        • get help on how to use databases from here
      • Reference sources
        • Research & Citation (writing guides) & more
      • Theses
      • Patents & Standards
  • 54.
    • Library services via E-Forms
    • LION
    • Subject Guide
      • How to find whole tutorial
      • Etc.
    Learning Outcome 4: Learn about Library Services: Summary
  • 55. Thank you All the Bests